West Ham’s failed £31 million bid for Alexandre Lacazette is believed to be more to do with the player’s wishes than his club Lyon.
ClaretandHugh has discovered the striker remains determined to play Champions League football and wasn’t convinced anyway that West Ham are the right club for him.
Sources in France have told us that Lyon – who finished second in Ligue 1 this term – made it clear to the striker from the outset they would allow him leave but would not force his hand if it wasn’t a club that he was happy to join.
Ours source said: ” Lyon plan to sell him and will do it only if the player is ok with the club who wants him. Raising the offer doesn’t change anything if the player does not agree.
“The club would have been happy to accept the West Ham offer but Lacazette has regularly made it clear he wants Champions League football and that still appears to be the case.”
The striker is currently earning £3.7million a year – around £72k a week – and the Hammers would have been more than happy to offer a hefty increase which would have taken him into the £100k a week.
But unless he has a major change of heart there will be no deal with the Hammers claiming they will not be making any fresh bids.”